31/01/2013

Only Third Of Hospitals Share Crime Data With Police

Only a third of areas in England are following through on a government pledge to make hospitals share violent crime data with police, an audit has shown.

The results of the Department of Health audit have cause the government to write to hospitals and chief constables for an explanation.

A&E department are meant to information with police and local councils on where knife or gun attacks are happening.

In its 2010 programme for government the coalition promised to make hospitals share non-confidential information with the police so crime hotspots could be identified.

However, an audit carried out for the Department of Health has revealed that is happening effectively in only a third of community safety partnership areas, and not at all in one-fifth.

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